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Flashback: Bernie Kerik's Better Days
Exclusive Photos by Scott Wallace Show Kerik During His 2003 Iraq Mission
11/13/2007 10:34 AM ET
Kerik poses with his South African security detail beneath Saddam Hussein's fabled swords, Aug. 2003.
Scott Wallace
Kerik poses with his South African security detail beneath Saddam Hussein's fabled swords, Aug. 2003.

Former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik is facing one of the most difficult challenges of his life, having been indicted in federal court last week on 16 felony charges.

Kerik was at the peak of his power and public recognition when the Bush Administration tapped him to help "stand up" Iraq's post-Saddam Interior Ministry in the summer of 2003. As head of the fledging Interior Ministry, Kerik was responsible for training, equipping and organizing the Iraqi Police force at a crucial moment when the insurgency was itself beginning to organize and gather strength.

Journalist Scott Wallace trailed Kerik around Baghdad during those early heady days of the occupation, and shared some of his exclusive photographs with us for a flashback of Bernie's better times.

Bernie Kerik rides in his SUV with rear gunner at alert, July 2003.
Scott Wallace
Bernie Kerik rides in his SUV with rear gunner at alert, July 2003.

Kerik walks amidst a phalanx of bodyguards during visit to the Police Academy in Baghdad, July 2003.
Scott Wallace
Kerik walks amidst a phalanx of bodyguards during visit to the Police Academy in Baghdad, July 2003.

Kerik, pistol drawn, scans the streets of Baghdad as he rides.
Scott Wallace
Kerik, pistol drawn, scans the streets of Baghdad as he rides.

Kerik surveys the situation with Col. James Steele, advisor to the ambassador on the Iraqi Security Forces.
Scott Wallace
Kerik surveys the situation with Col. James Steele, advisor to the ambassador on the Iraqi Security Forces.

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